About this artwork

The elegant poplar trees on the banks of the River Epte, seen against a patchy blue summer sky, fuse with their reflected image in a network of brightly coloured brushstrokes. This is a work from Monet's celebrated series of poplar paintings made between the spring and autumn of 1891, the year after he had settled in Giverny. He used a boat as a floating studio and captured beautifully the shimmering effects of sunlight on water. The trees were ready to be sold for timber, but Monet, in partnership with a timber merchant, bought the trees at auction so that he could continue painting them.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Poplars on the Epte
  • date created:
    1891
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    82.00 x 81.40 cm (framed: 103.50 x 103.50 x 12.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1925
  • accession number:
    NG 1651
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Tell us what you think.

Claude Monet

Claude Monet